2018 Race Report


The 8th Sandman Triathlon brought to you in partnership with Superfeet, was as fast, friendly, and challenging as ever. Held at Newborough Forest, this year was a record-breaking race, with over 1,200 triathletes taking part.

Concluding Always Aim High’s ‘SUUNTO Adventure Triathlon Series’, the Superfeet Sandman Triathlon has now firmly cemented its reputation as the perfect season closer to the UK triathlon calendar, and this year’s race featured more exciting action than ever before.

With the week leading up to the event full of weather warnings, there were some concerns but thankfully we enjoyed a fantastic and sunny weekend.

Saturday saw the Sprint and Duathlon events along with the Junior Sandman race.

The Welsh Triathlon Super-series closing race was won by Rhian Roxburgh from GOG Triathlon - just under 4 minutes ahead of second-placed Vicky Johnston and third-placed Rebecca Lodge. The men’s race was also closely fought with under three minutes separating the top three. Alex Matchett from Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club was first with Chris Silver hot on his heels and Oliver Simon in third.

In the Duathlon, Jonathon Seymour was the first man in a time of 01:08:02, while Louise Kelly brought home the win in the women’s race in 01:18:27.

Rounding off Saturday’s action was the Junior Triathlon. 100 triathlon stars of the future took part in various race distances across a variety of age categories.


A calm but chilly Newborough Forest greeted competitors on day two, with the Legend kicking off the action as competitors embarked on their middle distance adventure. An incredible performance from Alex Matchett of Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club saw him double his tally for the weekend, ahead of Andrew Robins and Alex Foster.

Katy Rose won the women’s Legend with over 11 minutes lead over second-place Jenny Holden. Third was Emer Sandham from GOG Triathlon.

In the Classic race, Chris Standidge took first place ahead of Jack Hindle with Lewis Eccleston in third. Alice Jenkins took the top spot in the women’s race, with Becky Schofield and Helen Talbot following close behind in second and third respectively.

The popular Sandman Savage, a combination of both the Sprint on Saturday and the Classic on Sunday, was won by Daniel Elliot and Alice Jenkins, who added to her prize haul for the weekend.

Always Aim High Director Tim Lloyd said: “The 2018 Sandman was quite possibly the best ever. Huge numbers of people visiting Anglesey on a beautiful weekend with the race action televised to a worldwide audience is fantastic for our region and the economic impact it brings.”

“The Sandman is such a friendly and challenging weekend, this is reflected in the diverse range of competitors, ranging from 8-year-old first-timers to current World Champions.”

“We’d also like to thank Superfeet our title partners for their support and the residents of Newborough and the local communities.”

Full Sandman race results by TDL Event Services

Race photography courtesy of Mel Parry Event Photography and Sport Pictures Cymru.

Selected Sandman Triathlon Results Below:

Legend 72.4


1Alex Matchett04:26:13
2Andrew Robbins 04:32:10
3Alex Foste04:32:37


1Katy Vose05:15:33
2Jenny Holden05:26:56
3Emer Standing05:32:12



1Chris Standidge02:24:26
2Jack Hindle02:28:15
3Lewis Eccleston02:31:02


1Alice Jenkins02:56:23
2Becky Schofield02:57:59
3Helen Talbot03:04:57

Savage Winners

Men'sDaniel Elliot
Women'sAlice Jenkins



1Alex Matchett01:01:54
2Chris Silver01:02:13
3Simon Oliver01:03:27


1Rhian Roxburgh01:09:48
2Vicky Johnson01:13:57
3Rebecca Lodge01:14:32